Your Dental Visits After Surgery

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                                    Your Dental Visits After Surgery

Have you ever wondered why your dentist bugs you about your health status at least twice a year?  Why they keep making you fill out all those forms that ask the same questions all the time?

The short answer is to keep you healthy.

Every time any dental procedure is performed, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream.  This even occurs with routine activities, such as chewing, brushing, or flossing.  For most people this isn’t a problem.  For others it can result in everything from a mild gum infection to something that could jeopardize your well being.

If you have had certain surgical procedures or have compromised health we will be contacting your physician to discuss necessary steps to keep you safe and healthy.  This may require the need to take antibiotics or stop blood thinners before treatment or a referral to a specialist or even treatment in hospital.

The most common surgical procedures or health conditions that require clearance from your Doctor prior to dental treatment are:

  1. Hip or knee replacement.
  2. Heart transplant, or artificial heart valves, and some types of congenital heart problems.
  3. A recent heart attack
  4. Some systemic inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
  5. A weakened system from chemotherapy or radiation.
  6. Insulin-dependent (type I) diabetes or hemophilia.
  7. Pregnancy

Our office prides itself on providing the best possible treatment to our patients. And sometimes this care requires coordinated information between your medical Doctor and our office.    Your health is of utmost importance to us and takes precedence over everything else. 

Please let us know when scheduling an appointment if there have been any health changes since your last visit.  We will contact your medical Doctor, upon your written authorization, to make sure you are cleared for your dental treatment.

 Thank you,

Dr. Simmons (661) 947-3163

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